>> Plow United: Sleepwalk: A Retrospective (2011)

Artist: Plow United

Album: Sleepwalk: A Retrospective

Members: Brian McGee, Sean Rule, Joel Tannenbaum

Genre: Punk

Label: Paper and Plastick

Tracks: 34

Type: LP

Release Date: September 24, 2011

Discs: 1

Rating: 3.80 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A-

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Plow United is an American punk band whose popularity rose from 1992-1996; however, they disbanded in 1997.

Plow United's "Sleepwalk: A Retrospective" is a compilation of remastered music from the band's first three albums as a cult following and Internet loyalty has brought them back from obscurity. They're even talking about a new record. Sleepwalk contains 34 short and to-the-point  punk songs (the longest being 2:26!) about teenage angst (they were kids after all), break ups, and growing up.

It's raw, gritty, dissonant (maybe not intentionally), and real. The listener can tell that the band that wrote and played these songs really believed in them and themselves. "This is what we want to do with our lives. This is awesome!" And that's what makes a great band and performance even if they didn't make it "big." This is the type of band you would go to see in someone's basement or D-list dive bar because you saw their Xeroxed flyer on a bulletin board somewhere. Ah, the good ol'days.

There are also some pretty fabulous melodies that come out ("Plow II") between the thrashing and screaming. This compilation is a great gift for those loyal followers as this is the digital version of those vinyl 7" discs that may have gotten scratched, or worse, lost.

There are a few liner notes, but the best part is the letter that their future 2011 selves wrote to their young 1998 selves telling them how their career paths would pan out. Don't we all wish we had gotten a letter from our future selves?
 

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Thank you!

A flattering review, Jennifer! Thank you so much!

Anyone in West Chester, PA for New Year's Eve need plans? Come hang out with Plow United, Jake and the Stiffs, the Crash, and Third Year Freshmen at the Note (http://www.thenotewc.com/event/66555/).

Keep checking in with us in 2012 as we record a new full length and hit the road for some more shows! Thank you all!

Sean (Plow United)

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